Every year, we host an award-winning children's author and/or illustrator to share their experiences with our students. These are often whole-school events including presentations, readings and workshops. Each visit inspires our students to look outside the bounds of our community and think about their connection to the greater world.
What makes someone an author? Writing and sharing your stories! Last week, award-winning children’s book author Erica S. Perl took our preschool through second-grade students on a journey through her life as a writer and into the captivating (and hilarious!) characters in her books. With a positive and sincere message, she encouraged our young students to read everything and share their stories no matter how big or small.
Article by Severna Park Voice journalist Zach Sparks, reprinted with permission
Severn School students were treated to an atypical lesson on April 22 as they were regaled with tales of Abraham Lincoln as a professional wrestler, Abigail Adams as a Caribbean pirate, and the reckless Benedict Arnold, who, as the kids learned, was a hero before he was a traitor. Those tales came courtesy of author Steve Sheinkin, who traveled from New York to speak with students about his books and the writing process.
A hush filled the Louise Sivy Theater as Lower School students filed in to meet award-winning author Evan Turk last Wednesday, November 1st. After working for weeks on projects related to Turk’s books, our first through fifth graders were anxious to get a peek behind the scenes at the life and work of a professional writer and artist. Our young readers were mesmerized as Turk brought to life the characters from his most recent book, The Storyteller, and guided us through the process of researching, writing and illustrating his Moroccan tale.
Fourth-graders gathered in the media center at Severn's Lower School on March 29 were fascinated by children's book author Karen Lynn Williams' talk and advice. They'd been studying how to write and illustrate a book with media/arts teacher Pilar Okeson and were well-prepared. Williams, who has 14 children's books to her credit, has also penned a mystery, a book of poems and several other works. She's spent extensive time living abroad with her husband Peter, a doctor.